Høstsabbat 2018 Announces Amenra to Headline, Adds Eagle Twin & Lonely Kamel to Bill; Lineup Complete

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 25th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

I was pretty down the the level of variety Høstsabbat 2018 had running in its lineup before, but if you want to see a spectrum of heavy, just take a look at the last three bands added to complete the lineup. Amenra, the Belgian outfit who I think are inarguably the foremost European post-metal band at the moment, will headline. Oslo’s own heavy rockers Lonely Kamel will play, bringing classic heavy vibes and an unabashed, unashamed good time. Oh, and then there’s the two-piece Eagle Twin from Utah who blend doom and psychedelia and throatsinging and stories about mythical birds and beasts and whatnot. So, you know, a little something for everyone.

Plus Electric Moon are playing. That’s excuse enough to show up right there, frankly.

But yeah, it’s a killer way for Høstsabbat 2018 to finish unveiling its lineup, and one imagines the massive strobe setup Amenra bring to the proceedings will be the unholiest thing ever seen in the Church JAKOB, where Høstsabbat is being held.

Dig it:

Amenra: Please welcome the headliner of Høstsabbat 2018!

When we first landed Church JAKOB as this years’ venue, a couple of bands came to mind as the perfect bookings..

And it is with massive pride we are able to announce our first choice, the legends in the Belgian five piece, Amenra . What could possibly be a more fitting closure to this years event than the founders of the Church of RA-collective?

To witness Amenra from a stage is something you won’t forget. It’s cleansing, ritualistic, nihilistic, scary, painful and in the most accurate sense of the word; mindblowing. Their attention to detail in performance, riffs and visuals can hardly be described as anything but spellbinding, and to have this complete package in a church, downtown Oslo.. well what to say?

On top of this, their recent masterpiece “MASS VI”, put Amenra in a different league all together, as the Neurot Records release was hailed as one of the absolute best metal records of 2017. Also bringing them onboard two massive US-tours alongside label bosses Neurosis and Converge.

On October 6th they grace Church JAKOB with their presence. Are you in?

Lonely Kamel

Touring Europe as we speak, the re-invented five piece version of Oslo’s stoner legends Lonely Kamel will make a joyful return to Høstsabbat, as they deserve.

Their new album “Death’s-Head Hawkmoth” was released about a month ago on the stellar Stickman Records, putting the Kamel’s in the top shelf of European underground rock.

Lonely Kamel have played more or less every underground festival there is, on the European continent, from Duna Jam, to Roadburn, to Desertfest, to Up in Smoke..you name it, and they have toured massively for years, making them an easy act to love.

We’re eager to welcome these blues and boozehounds back, as should you!

Eagle Twin

We are extremely proud to present the two-headed beast that is Eagle Twin (US). Probably one of the best live acts around, and a huge favorite in our camp. Being somewhat of a benchmark for what two guys can make out of their instruments and hands, we will bow to their wall of sound.

The guys from Utah just released their new album “The Thundering Heard” to massive praise, and will set out for a short span of shows in Europe in October. After trying to have Eagle Twin over for several years, we are stoked to tell they will start their Euro run at Høstsabbat Friday October 5th.

What else to say, than the Eagle has landed.

LINE-UP
Amenra
Electric Moon
Asteroid
Toner Low
Lonely Kamel
Brutus
Eagle Twin
Elephant Tree
Hällas
Spurv
The Moth Gatherer
Domkraft
DWAAL
Krokofant
Taiga Woods
SÂVER

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Amenra, Mass VI (2017)


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Høstsabbat 2018: The Moth Gatherer Added to Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 16th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

The roster of acts for Høstsabbat 2018 continues to broaden in both number and sonic context with the addition of Swedish heavy post-rock/drone explorers The Moth Gatherer. Based out of Sweden, the band released their last album, the Karl Daniel Lidén-produced The Earth is the Sky (review here), in 2015 on Agonia Records, and impressed with their depth and textures. I wouldn’t necessarily speculate as to what their apparently-done new album has in store, but given the progressive turns they were making between organic and electronic elements three years ago, I’d be interested in finding out.

I was fortunate enough to attend and cover the last Høstsabbat in 2016, and this one seems poised to be even bigger on just about every level. Tickets are on sale now. Here’s the latest from the Høstsabbat social medias:

hostsabbat 2018 moth gatherer

Oooh… this week has been awesome. Finally the tickets for this years’ Høstsabbat went live, and we couldn’t be happier with the lineup so far.

BUT! We still have some gems to announce for you guys.

We’ve been gathering souls and sinners since we first started, so this year we’re adding moths to the list. The Moth Gatherer out of Stockholm/Gøteborg is a force of nature when they hit the stage. Their sound leaning towards super heavy post-rock, mixed with jazzy drums, fierce vocals, pure energy and tasty electronic samples, make them a class-act to witness. We had them over for a club night some years ago, and we’re stoked to have them on our festival bill this time. Known for bringing guest vocalists to their recordings, spanning from from Refused’s Dennis Lyxzen, to Thomas Jäger from Monolord, The Moth Gatherer just finished their upcoming album in Studio Underjord some days ago, and rumour has it they’ve outdone themselves again.

We can’t wait for some new material to be unleashed from the stage! Gather the souls, gather the sinners, gather the moths \m/

TICKETS: http://bit.ly/tickets-hostsabbat

LINE-UP
Electric Moon
Asteroid
Toner Low
Brutus
Elephant Tree
Hällas
Spurv
The Moth Gatherer
Domkraft
DWAAL
Krokofant
Taiga Woods
SÂVER

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The Moth Gatherer, The Earth is the Sky (2015)

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Høstsabbat 2018: Spurv Join Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 10th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Oslo heavy post-rockers Spurv recently announced their second album, Myra, would be out in June via Fysisk Format, and posted the first track from it. The title of “Og Ny Skog Bæres Frem,” at least according to what would seem to be the remarkably flawed translation matrix of a major internet company, translates to something about “and new forest forward,” and I’m going to assume “forward” there should be “grows” or “growing.” That is, if the translation is right at all, which given the amount of Norwegian my ignorant American ass speaks, is anyone’s best guess. Apologies to the band if I’ve butchered it. The song, which is a lush instrumental rife with Russian Circles-style layering and a will that goes beyond heft in terms of atmosphere, rules either way.

There was a point to this post, succinctly summarized in the headline: Spurv will play at Høstsabbat 2018 this Fall. They join an impressive and varied lineup that includes Asteroid, Electric Moon, Brutus, Toner Low, Elephant Tree and more, and my understanding is more announcements are still to come.

Here’s this one for now:

spurv hostsabbat

Finally, a sense of spring is upon Oslo!

With spring comes birds, and what could be more soothing than the announcement of the fantastic six-piece Spurv (“sparrow” in English) to this years’ Høstsabbat.

When we were able to check out their forthcoming album, “Myra”, out 1st of June on the ever-magnificent Oslo label Fysisk Format, we were totally blown away…

What they lack in vocals (because there is non), they make up for with painting the most beautiful soundscapes, taking the listener on a trippin’ journey over blossoming fields of spring flowers. It’s tender, massive, fragile, heavy and straight up awesome! We can’t wait to see this in the church room.

Spurv will treat us with a new kind of postrock. Be amazed.

LINE-UP
Electric Moon
Asteroid
Toner Low
Brutus
Elephant Tree
Hällas
Spurv
Domkraft
DWAAL
Krokofant
Taiga Woods
SÂVER

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Spurv, “Og Ny Skog Bæres Frem”

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Høstsabbat 2018: SÂVER Added to Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 27th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

saver

Got a couple minutes? Of course you do. What are you, at work right now? Or on your phone somewhere? You on the can? Sometimes I read this site looking for typos when I’m on the can, it’s okay.Point is, you’ve got a couple minutes, and I’m going to go ahead and recommend you take those couple minutes and check out the rehearsal video below from newcomer Norwegian outfit SÂVER, who, as noted in the headline above, have been added to this year’s Høstsabbat festival.

Notice how the camera shakes while the band plays? That means they’re super-fucking-heavy. I’m not sure how sludgy they’ll ultimately turn out to be, or even if their name is supposed to be written in all-caps — following their lead in that regard — but man, that video is some heavy-enough-to-give-you-a-headache kind of jazz. I dig it.

The band essentially seems to represent a three-quarters reunion of Tombstones with drummer Markus Støle and guitarist Ole Rokseth — both also of Hymn — rejoining forces with bassist/vocalist Ole Christian Helstad — also one of Høstsabbat‘s principal organizers — in a new, quite clearly powerful, trio. As previously suggested, catch them in action in the video at the bottom of this post.

Here’s the announcement from the fest:

hostsabbat 2018 saver

As for this Fridays announcement, we have a freshly baked band to present for you.

SÂVER made their live debut in January, and we have to admit the total devastation presented from the stage was impressive to witness. A three piece, mixing raw riffage, savage vocals and an earth shattering groove, with gentle synth passages to put you in a transcendent state of spaced out darkness.

Sharing members with household Norwegian bands, Hymn and Tombstones, SÂVER shows no signs of being new to their game.

If you like your rock heavy as a Chevy. Look no further \m/

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SÂVER, Rehearsal video

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Asteroid End Hiatus; Playing Høstsabbat in October

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 19th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Norway-based festival Høstsabbat will be held Oct. 5 and 6 and has been making lineup announcements on successive Fridays since January that apparently I’ve just completely whiffed on because I totally suck at this. In the meantime? The roster of acts looks fucking awesome. Electric Moon, Elephant Tree, Toner Low, Krokofant (about whom I know absolutely nothing but who win on name alone), Brutus, Taiga Woods — and now frickin’ Asteroid. To think I could’ve spent the last two months sweating this excellent frickin’ lineup as it came together. I feel like a dope.

I caught the Asteroid announcement because, well, I wouldn’t call it stalking exactly, but I get notifications when they put out an update on Thee Facebooks, and as they’ve been on hiatus since last summer, there hasn’t been much coming through. That’s changed now, clearly. In addition to Høstsabbat, they’ll play April 20 at Truckstop Alaska in Gothenburg with Weedeater and Nebula, so some pretty killer stuff all around.

And needless to say, I’ve started “not stalking” Høstsabbat as well, so I’ll be keeping up with that as best as I’m able as they continue to reveal more groups playing this year’s fest.

Here’s their Asteroid announcement:

ASTEROID HOSTSABBAT 2018

On this crispy March Friday, we’re proud to announce a somewhat legendary band.

Out of Ørebro, Sweden, Asteroid has played an influential role together with their hometown allies in Truckfighters. Asteroid has delivered fuzzy and groovelicious tunes to a hungry audience for over fifteen years, combining hard rock with a psychedelic and bluesy sound as their imprint.

The band went on total hiatus in 2013, but are finally back in motion again. We couldn’t be happier, or hippier, to welcome them to Høstsabbat in October.

Asteroid speaks for itself, you better come watch them glaze our main stage Saturday October 6th…

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Asteroid, “Til’ Dawn” official video

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